Energy Efficiency Tips for Your Home

By Ashley Simpson, Marketing Coordinator 

After reading an article yesterday on electricity prices across the country, I found out that Calgary has one of the highest in Canada. This got me thinking, what are some things we can do to use less energy and make our home more efficient? And with winter around the corner, what better timing. Here are some useful tips, whether you have a new home or an older home, that can help you improve your energy efficiency and your savings.

  1. Light bulbs: A simple and inexpensive fix is switching over your light bulbs from incandescent to LED or CFL bulbs. LED (light emitting diode) and CFL (compact fluorescent lights) both last longer than incandescent light bulbs. Although they are a bit more expensive, the savings comes from replacing them far less frequently.
  2. Correcting cold drafts: Cold drafts at doors and windows can easily be corrected with caulking or weather stripping from the hardware store. This helps keep the cold air out and the warm air inside. Feel the air around your doors and windows; if it feels like cool air is coming in, you may be spending extra money heating your home and it’s just flying out the window!
  3. Using appliances to the best of their abilities: Fill dishwashers and washing machines full. Many machines also have an “energy efficient” setting, such as cold water for the washing machine and air-dry for the dishwasher.
  4. Turn it off: Whether it’s the TV, computer, or just a light, turn it off when it’s not in use!
  5. Energy Star appliances: Energy Star appliances meet government standards to ensure their high efficiency. Although replacing aging appliances can be expensive, in the long run you will increase your efficiency and cut down on costs. All of our Cedarglen homes come equipped with Energy Star appliances.
  6. Clean filters: Check your furnace filter once a month to ensure it is in good condition and replace it when necessary. This will make sure air is flowing through your home at the optimal level and can reduce heating costs.
  7. Water Heater: Make sure your water heater is not turned up too high.
  8. Windows: Windows with more than one pane of glass are more energy efficient. At Cedarglen, all of our homes come with triple-pane, argon filled windows as a standard. These windows keep the cold air outside in the winter and the warm air outside in the summer.
  9. Programmable thermostat: Installing a programmable thermostat is a great idea. You can set it to warm the house when you are there, and reduce the temperature when you are sleeping or at work. This way, you aren’t running the heat when no one is there to enjoy it.
  10. Insulation: Cedarglen uses R40 insulation in the attic to reduce heat loss in our homes. R20 insulation is used for the exterior walls and R12 for undeveloped basements. Having the right insulation in the right places ensures heat is staying inside your house.

Questions? Let me know in the comments below! To read more on the standard specifications for Cedarglen Homes listed above, visit: http://www.cedarglenhomes.com/BuildYourHome/specsAndStandards.aspx

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3 Comments Add yours

  1. Bruce Furnival says:

    Firstly, hot water heaters with tanks have to be kept at a temperature above 60 degrees Celsius or 140 degrees F to prevent the growth of harmful organisms, such as Legionella (refer to Government of Canada, under kids water temperature injury prevention http://www.healthycanadians.gc.ca ). Higher temperatures kill bacteria or prevent them from multiplying. Secondly, keeping curtains closed makes a house considerably warmer. Thirdly, it would be great to see Cedarglen homes building in more areas outside the city of Calgary in surrounding communities. Fourthly, using more spray foam insulation is a great idea, although most home buyers probably will not pay extra for it. Keep up the great work. Best wishes.

    1. Thanks for the suggestions Bruce!

  2. jameswaugh123 says:

    The use of fireplace flue suitably is an appropriate decision. It should be close when it is not in use. We can also attach the glass doors to the front of fireplace that advance the air tightness of fireplace. The other idea is to alteration the heating system filter once in a month. The unclean filters enlarge the energy uses by controlling the flow of air.
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